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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey CaskInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

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BA SCORE
85
very good

469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 30
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012)
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/4/12

A dark brown with a large loose mocha head that retains quite well slowly falling to a thick film leaving just a little random lace

S dark nutty toffee with a little plum and raisin, there's some coco and earthy wood smells great

T a little licorice I didn't smell and other then that its just a little toned down compared to the nose, there's more evidence of the barrel on the finish

M light bodied for the color and just a little foamy, flavors linger long and strong

O pretty nice stuff and perhaps a new favorite from these guys, great nose and pretty well rounded in other areas

worth a try for sure at less then 5$, I like that they use a darker beer for this barrel I think that was a wise move

04-06-2012 01:29:58 | More by wordemupg
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LiquidDegenerate

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-05-2012 23:15:12 | More by LiquidDegenerate
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rarbring

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

A beer that is rather dark brown, a tan high head that settles rather quickly leaving much lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of brown sugar eggnog, including an alcohol presence.

Starting with, wood - saw dust, brown sugar, dates some bitter seed notes.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, slightly sticky and oily, a watery rather thin body, a dry short finish.

One of the better I&G, was not ruined by the oak.

04-05-2012 19:22:17 | More by rarbring
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brownbear_19

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-05-2012 18:05:24 | More by brownbear_19
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

04-05-2012 01:22:35 | More by raythealeman
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ten1965

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-04-2012 00:16:35 | More by ten1965
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Was a bit intimidated by the clear glass bottles. Though the four pack carton was full height and presumably protected the beer from much direct light. so at the suggestion of the salesman at Whole Foods I gave it a whirl...

Not too shabby this one. Not great, but not half bad.

Pours an inky black with a decent, tightly knit tan head. left plenty of lace as it withdrew.

Smell was a tad on the light side there was a wee bit of the venerable Jameson in there but not overpowering.Some sweet malt and a faint grassy whiff of hops.

Taste was nicely dry, not cloyingly sweet as many barrel aged beers seem to be for me these days. Some hints of the turf in the front, some black coffee and a strong whisky finish when you swirl it around the mouth.

Mouthfeel was light and when swirled or swished it became quite frothy/foamy in the mouth. Abundant carbonation in this one.

Overall and interesting brew. Not good for every day but a nice change of pace.

04-03-2012 02:13:41 | More by Citadel82
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jisak74


3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-02-2012 14:48:37 | More by jisak74
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-02-2012 05:28:29 | More by ThinkAgain
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JLapadura

New York

1/5  rDev -73.6%

03-30-2012 16:14:58 | More by JLapadura
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-29-2012 00:13:22 | More by bluntedboywonder
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Opaque black, off-white to light brown headthat turns to a soapy lacing after roughly a minute.

Vanilla & butterscotch aroma followed by a strong alcohol and grain laced stout aroma of roasted malts and barely along with some coffee. It is quite sweet smelling with some oak and burnt wood.

Roasted malts and barely taste to begin with and touches of coffee. Sweet in the taste department with touches of vanilla and butterscotch.

Medium, smooth with a mildly bitter finish and a dry finish.

This one was a nice, warming beer with a good alcohol kick to it and a very sweet, smooth feel. It was a good beer and perhaps one that I would go back to again as I particularly enjoyed the smell of this one, very sweet and complex yet well balanced.

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03-26-2012 14:08:26 | More by flyingpig
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harrylee773

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-26-2012 01:22:39 | More by harrylee773
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bobbybradley


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-24-2012 18:18:29 | More by bobbybradley
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harris4

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-23-2012 23:59:03 | More by harris4
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a very dark brown ruby color. I took advantage of the tall glass I had for head retention, and there is a lot of head. Very light tan head.

I smell alcohol, a small amount of charred wood, and possibly caramel or vanilla.

Taste is smooth, slightly buttery, and reminiscent of spice cake with wood.

the feel is pretty smooth, but does include some whiskey character; there is that little kick at the end. The tingle is almost gone, which is kind of nice.

03-23-2012 03:04:48 | More by Doppelbockulus
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-22-2012 19:51:55 | More by tenacioustomato
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Buster

Oklahoma

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark black pour, with thick tan head.

S- Malt, huge fudge-like chocolate note, vanilla, some coffee, and of course, Irish whiskey.

T- Outstanding. Not too much up front, but then, malt, chocolate, and coffee notes come through. Great stout flavor. Then, it finishes slightly bitter with a wonderful hint of that "famous Irish whiskey". Overall, it was delicious.

M- More carbonation than expected, but not aversive at all. Medium bodied.

O- Two thumbs up. It is an all around enjoyable experience, and it exceeded my expectations. My only regret was buying 4 of them. I will definitely be going back to pick up more.

03-22-2012 03:00:27 | More by Buster
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Tasted On: 03-19-2012
Freshness: Best by 03-2013
Packaging: 330 ml clear bottle
Glassware: Innis & Gunn cervoise glass
Purchased: 4-back from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color, with garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is tan and frothy, 3+ fingers high, with good retention and excellent lacing.

Aromas include roasted malts, earthy and wood notes, plus malt sweetness. I get a little whiskey aroma, with a slight smoky smell as well.

Taste is nice and mellow - the roasted grains are there, but not much in the way of burnt bitterness. The whiskey is apparent, but doesn't come off as hot. Flavors also include chocolate and vanillas. Light hop bitterness, with the balance on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; a medium body and just the right level of carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry, a bit bitter from the roast, with oak flavors.

Overall: A very enjoyable and well-balanced stout.

03-20-2012 04:38:44 | More by sommersb
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +9%

Bottle into innis & gunn glass.
Seemed like a good choice on which to end my St Pats weekend...

Gentle pour still resulted in a full head of 2 creamy tan fingers. Looks pretty damn nice indeed! Dark purpley red with some brown hues. Looks black until backlit.

Smells pretty dry-- some dark malt notes are nice but don't add a whole lot of sweetness-- or perhaps it's the big oakiness that dries it out? Good little whiskey bite prowling and prowling around like the troops of Midian.
The flavor has more going on than the nose: nice roasty malt profile highlighting some chocolate and caramel notes as well as a deep roasted, almost burnt bread, like pumpernickel or even dark rye. The oak dries out the finish nearly completely and adds a light touch of whiskey.

This is a beer that should probably be served at cellar temp-- don't even put this in the fridge. (damn Americans- you drink your beer too cold! Now stay off my lawn!)
As this warms, it improves tremendously and the whiskey really comes out on the finish.

The body is medium and creamy. Just spot on. It's light enough to be sessioned if it weren't for that damn ABV.

Overall-- this is better than its rated. I hope they do it again. I'd buy some.

03-19-2012 02:28:17 | More by AleWatcher
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Sticker on the bottle placed there by the liquor store says 3/1/2012.

A- Pours a dark black with some light shining through and has a 1/2 inch tan head that does well retaining before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Average lacing.

S- Faint, crisp malt nose that's very subdued in the booze department for a medium ABV beer.

T- Oh, there's the alcohol. Initially unpleasant booziness begins to steady as more sips are taken and the malts are actually allowed to come through. Semi-bitter finish. A lot of non-citric tang activity is brandished throughout.

M- Quite prickly for a stout even if it is aged on Whiskey casks. Medium carbonation adds to the stingy action. It doesn't burn so much as tingles. Probably my favorite part about the beer although it is a bit dry in the finish.

O- Very easy to drink for a barrel aged offering without skimping on flavor. Thumbs up.

03-19-2012 01:29:29 | More by Immortale25
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +9%

Label with green ink on it? Irish whiskey cask aged? Could this be a St. Patrick's Day release? Hmmm. Anyway, on with the tasting!

Poured into a chilled Innis & Gunn glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Huge head on this beer, at least two inches. Eventually died down and completely dissipated. Jet black and the head is a light khaki color. The appearance of this stout is spot-on.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice. I smell coffee and toasted grains and a very slight hint of whiskey.

-Taste 4.5: Wow. As you taste this beer, the flavor becomes more complex. Front is all cool liquid; almost no taste. Middle is slightly sweet with a light vanilla/oaky flavor. Finish is BAM! Almost all the things that make a stout hit you in one swallow: toasted grains, chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste is long and features more chocolate and coffee and the taste of whiskey. Again, wow.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: I was really disappointed with the level of carbonation in this brew. I felt it was far too carbonated for the style and, to a certain extent, detracted from my enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 4.0: While I complained about the carbonation in this stout, it is still an excellent stout that all fans of the style should seek out. The taste is excellent and I would heartily recommend this beer.

03-18-2012 03:58:51 | More by BeerDocT
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EricCioe

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-17-2012 05:30:58 | More by EricCioe
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-16-2012 04:29:22 | More by mbs11
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RandyKemka

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-16-2012 01:11:38 | More by RandyKemka
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
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